Thailand – Civil groups want abortion rights

Civil groups want abortion rights
Criminal Code problematic for women with unwanted pregnancies

published : 14 Jun 2020
Penchan Charoensuthipan

Pro-choice groups are moving to have an entire section in the Criminal Code revoked in the hope of giving women with unwanted pregnancies the right to legal abortion and protect medical personnel performing the procedures from facing legal action.

The Choices Network Thailand (CNT), however, insisted it was not advocating "free abortions".

Continued: https://www.bangkokpost.com/thailand/general/1934416/civil-groups-want-abortion-rights


Argentina’s abortion campaign launches virtual events to revitalise movement

Argentina's abortion campaign launches virtual events to revitalise movement
Activists seemed on the brink of victory when they were stalled by the pandemic and a historic bill wasn’t formally introduced

Natalie Alcoba in Buenos Aires
Published on Thu 28 May 2020

Feminists in Argentina like to say: “la lucha está en la calle” — the battle is in the streets. But with the country under a strict coronavirus lockdown, the women’s movement can no longer flood the streets.

So on Thursday, activists have planned a series of virtual events to mark 15 years of their campaign to legalize abortion – and inject new momentum to campaign which was stalled by the pandemic, just as it seemed on the brink of victory.

Continued: https://www.theguardian.com/global-development/2020/may/28/argentina-abortion-activism-coronavirus-government


Thai pro-choice activists push for tele-medicine abortion pills during COVID-19 outbreak

Thai pro-choice activists push for tele-medicine abortion pills during COVID-19 outbreak

by Teirra Kamolvattanavith
May 28, 2020

Despite an increase in unplanned pregnancies in Thailand, safe access to legal abortion has diminished amidst the pandemic. The groups believe tele-medicine could be a solution especially for women in remote areas.

On Friday May 15, choose network Thailand, 55 other civil society organizations and 559 petitioners handed in a letter to the Department of Health, to demand for measures to ensure women can access safe abortions during the pandemic and in the future.

In a country where safe and legal abortions are available — most women with unplanned pregnancies resort to unsafe procedures due to many reasons including social stigma, lack of information and access to safe facilities.

Continued: https://thisrupt.co/videos/thai-pro-choice-activists-push-for-tele-medicine-abortion-pills-during-covid-19-outbreak/


Canada’s Abortion Caravan: Looking back at a historic reproductive rights movement

Canada's Abortion Caravan: Looking back at a historic reproductive rights movement
The House explores a landmark trek for abortion rights 50 years ago, and where the debate stands now

CBC Radio
Posted: May 09, 2020

Fifty years ago this weekend, hundreds of women from across Canada arrived in Ottawa to protest an abortion law passed by Pierre Elliott Trudeau's government in 1969.

They arrived in a convoy led by a Volkswagen van with a black coffin strapped to the roof. They argued that the existing law was too restrictive, forcing women to seek unregulated abortions by unqualified practioners that resulted in hundreds of deaths each year.

Continued: https://www.cbc.ca/news/politics/chris-hall-the-pandemic-recession-is-placing-a-new-burden-on-women-1.5561435/canada-s-abortion-caravan-looking-back-at-a-historic-reproductive-rights-movement-1.5561456


New Bid to Legalize Abortion in Argentina, With President’s Backing

New Bid to Legalize Abortion in Argentina, With President’s Backing
Activists came close in 2018. This year, President Alberto Fernández is on their side and is expected to present a legalization bill to Congress.

By Daniel Politi
Feb. 22, 2020

BUENOS AIRES — Abortion rights activists in Argentina have formally started the second round in their effort to advance reproductive rights in the land of Pope Francis, buoyed by the hope that the country’s transformed political landscape will put their goal within reach.

Two years ago, activists organized a powerful grass-roots movement that helped persuade the lower house of Congress to vote in favor of legalizing abortion, but the Senate narrowly voted down the bill.

Continued: https://www.nytimes.com/2020/02/22/world/americas/abortion-argentina.html


Argentina abortion rights activists renew push for legalisation

Argentina abortion rights activists renew push for legalisation
Abortion rights activists say momentum is greater as newly elected president throws his support behind legalisation.

by Natalie Alcoba
Feb 19, 2020

Buenos Aires, Argentina - Women across several generations rallied at the foot of political power in Argentina on Wednesday to repeat their demand for the government to legalise abortion.

The political ground has shifted significantly since 2018, when legalisation advocates narrowly lost a vote in the Senate that would have turned Argentina into the largest jurisdiction in South America region to legalise abortion in the first 14 weeks.

Continued: https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2020/02/argentina-abortion-rights-activists-renew-push-legalisation-200219224405732.html


Canada – Women’s rights group protests abortion victim monument with painted stones

Women’s rights group protests abortion victim monument with painted stones

January 8, 2020
By Sarah Cooke

BELLEVILLE – A local women’s rights group is protesting the controversial anti-abortion monument in St. James Cemetery in Belleville by painting rocks with messages of support for women’s right to choose.

Early in Nov. 2019, the Belleville Knights of Columbus gained national attention after the group posted images of a gravestone in St. James Cemetery was dedicated to the victims of abortion went viral on social media.

Continued: http://www.qnetnews.ca/?p=132656&fbclid=IwAR0D61jeBrOi9uQcoTLsAq0lY2VvRfzGjN9srn5uRzoumg5t26HRPrb_SH4


Young Voters Care About Abortion Policy. Argentine Politicians Are Ignoring Them

Young Voters Care About Abortion Policy. Argentine Politicians Are Ignoring Them.
The youth vote is becoming increasingly important in Argentina, but the leading presidential candidates are deliberately avoiding the issue that matters most to them.

By Ana Ionova
August 15, 2019

SALTA, Argentina —When Milagros Peñalba and Camila Monzón, both 17, consider supporting a political candidate in Argentina’s next presidential election, the key issue is not how to tackle Argentina’s massive debt burden or how to curb skyrocketing inflation. What they care about most is whether the candidates are in favor of legalizing abortion.

Since the nationwide debate on abortion rights last year culminated in disappointment for those in favor of legalization, the two youth activists have campaigned for reproductive rights, better sex education, and access to contraceptives in their hometown of Salta, in Argentina’s deeply conservative north. They also organize events encouraging their peers to get to know their political representatives.

Continued: https://foreignpolicy.com/2019/08/15/young-voters-care-about-abortion-policy-argentine-politicians-are-ignoring-them/